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My Brother the Killer

Written by: Alix Sharkey
Narrated by: Alix Sharkey
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In this remarkable memoir, a harrowing true story of family, violence, guilt, and atonement, a journalist reflects on his own journey to come to terms with his brother’s terrible crimes - and to find justice for the young girl he killed.

In the gritty docklands of Southeast England, Alix Sharkey and his younger siblings grew up in awe of their charismatic yet violent father, a vicious alcoholic. Yet it was Alix’s kid brother, Stuart - button-cute and fearless - who defended his siblings at home, at school, and on the streets. Their fraternal bond was deep and powerful until Alix moved away from their rough hometown. Stuart remained - and slid into a furtive life of sexual violence against teenage girls, punctuated by prison time.

Having started out inseparable, their paths diverged radically. Alix became a journalist, cosmopolitan, and bilingual, working for upmarket media in London, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles. Today, Stuart remains incarcerated in Britain’s most notorious high-security prison, awaiting imminent parole. Twenty years ago, he was convicted of the kidnap and murder of his 15-year-old niece, Danielle, daughter of his wife’s brother. Despite his conviction, a lost appeal, and repeated pleas by her parents, Stuart has steadfastly refused to reveal the location of his victim’s remains, condemning the girl’s parents to two decades of unresolved grief.

How do two brothers choose such different paths? Could anything have prevented Stuart from becoming a killer? What factors contributed to his fall? What does Alix owe to Stuart - the fiercely protective kid brother - and what does he owe to the truth? With the clock ticking, can he convince Stuart to do the right thing and give the victim’s family the closure and peace they’ve sought for so long? Or will Stuart walk free, unrepentant and defiant?

In this piercing and unforgettable memoir, laced with bleak irony and heartrending honesty, Alix tackles these questions and confronts a harsh reality: that the younger brother he once adored not only deceived their own family for decades, but destroyed another with his truly heinous crime.

©2021 Alix Sharkey (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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